The Associated Press reports
that the inflammatory words were penned by Rep. Jon Hubbard
of Jonesboro, House candidate Charlie Fuqua
of Batesville and Rep. Loy Mauch
of Bismarck in books and letters the men have recently written.
In his self-published 2009 book "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative," Rep. Hubbard opines that slavery was a "blessing in disguise" for black Americans, who are better off than if they had never been abducted and enslaved. Hubbard also calls for the "extermination" of immigrants.
In his 2012 book titled "God's Law: The Only Political Solution," Fuqua, who served in the Arkansas House in the late 1990s, discusses the "Muslim problem" in America and proposes expelling all Muslims from the United States. Fuqua slams Islam as the religion of the "antichrist," and attacks President Barack Obama as a "Muslim" and a "communist."
And in a series of letters to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette
, Rep. Mauch defended slavery and compared President Abraham Lincoln and Union generals in the Civil War to Nazis.
Arkansas GOP chairman Doyle Webb
slammed the two books on Saturday, calling them "highly offensive." He was joined by US Rep. Rick Crawford
(R-AR), who condemned them as "divisive and racially inflammatory."
"The statements that have been reported portray attitudes and beliefs that would return our state and country to a harmful and regrettable past," Rep. Crawford said, adding that he was "disappointed and disturbed" by the candidates' writings.
"Had I known of these statements, I would not have contributed to their campaigns," US Rep. Tim Griffin
The Arkansas House Republican Caucus
issued a statement calling the candidates' statements "ridiculous and outrageous" with "no place in the civil discourse of either party."
Here is a more in-depth look at some of what the three state GOP candidates have written:
Rep. John Hubbard
"The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination... may have actually been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure [slavery] would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the earth."
"Knowing what we know today about life on the African continent, would an existence spent in slavery have been any crueler than a life spent in Sub-Saharan Africa?"
"Even while in the throes of slavery, [blacks'] lives as Americans are likely much better than they ever would have enjoyed living in Sub-Saharan Africa."
"One of the stated goals of school integration was to bring black students up to a level close to that of white students. But [integration] worked exactly in reverse... the white students dropped to the level of black students... [and] the lack of discipline and ambition of black students became shared by their white classmates."
"Wouldn't life in America for blacks today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?"
"Will it ever become possible for black people in the United States of America to firmly establish themselves as inclusive and contributing members of society?"
"The immigration issue, both legal and illegal... will lead to planned wars or extermination. Although now this seems to be barbaric and uncivilized, it will at some point become as necessary as eating and breathing."
Rep. Loy Mauch
"If slavery were so God-awful, why didn't Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn't there a war before 1861?"
"This country already lionizes Wehrmacht leaders. They go by the names of Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Custer, etc. These Marxists not only destroyed the Constitution... but apostatized the word of God. Either these depraved infidels of the Constitution and Scriptures are in error. I'm more persuaded by the word of God."
Rep. Charlie Fuqua
"Abortion, failing to use the death penalty, Socialism, graduated income tax and our entire economic system is a violation of God's law."
"There is a strange alliance between the liberal left and the Muslim religion. Both are antichrist in that they both deny that Jesus is God in the flesh of man, and the savior of mankind. They both also hold that their cause should take over the entire world through violent, bloody revolution."
"We now have a president that has a well-documented history with both the Muslim religion and Communism."
"The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty for rebellious children are given in Deuteronomy 21:18-21. This passage does not give parents blanket authority to kill their children. They must follow the proper procedure in order to have the death penalty executed against their children."
"I think my views are fairly well-accepted by most people," Fuqua told the Associated Press.